High Tech Systems

In this track you will focus on applications of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) requiring the integration and development of cutting edge technology and algorithms. Each of these applications requires state-of-the-art technology (e.g., battery, computation, 3D printing, sensing), the application of scientific knowledge of several domains (e.g., robotics, artificial intelligence, motion control, communication systems, computer vision), and an innovative continuous process of improving current and developing new solutions. You are challenged to contribute to this process, right here, right now, in the city of high-tech systems.

Your end goal is to develop a novel concept, useful for the TU/e community. In particular, you are challenged to think on how can you use UAVs to improve the life of the TU/e community. For example, can a small UAV meet TU/e guests at the train station guiding them to the building (or even room) that they wish to go? Can a team of UAV perform a small show (e.g., hold a banner with a message) to welcome our community in the morning? Can a team of UAVs automatically collect garbage from suitable containers?

Bring your own ideas; share your vision with us and your teammates.

First semester: knowledge

In this track you will first learn advanced topics from each of the knowledge domains needed in a UAV application. These domains include the ones summarized in the knowledge table. This learning phase will consist of lectures and guidance provided by the Control Systems Technology group (Mech. Eng.), and the Control Systems group (Elect. Eng.) during the first semester.

Second semester and second Year: Innovation

By the start of the second semester of the first year you will have acquired the required knowledge on UAVs to start developing your concept. You will be divided into groups with the required backgrounds to put your new concept into practice. You will have all the support from the TU/e groups and companies to make your project work.

On-going projects of previous years’ students, which you can join, are (see pictures below):

- Designing a show combining drones, lights, and music to appear in the 
  GLOW festival in Eindhoven.
- Setting up and participating in an autonomous drone racing 
  contest competing with other universities.

The end result will be to share your innovative idea by making a live demo for the TU/e community.

What does it take to do this Honors Academy Track?

Are you fascinated by high-tech systems? Would you like to work in a project requiring knowledge from several domains? Do you want to help to develop a high-tech system in the same region where many of the world’s leading companies first conceived several high-tech systems? Do you dream of having your own innovative idea for a high-tech system? Then this might be just the track for you!